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CELTIS AT BALLITO (article first published : 2006-12-2)

The popular group Celtis will present an evening of Celtic and traditional Irish music on December 3 at the Ballito Cinema in Ballito at 18h30.

Celtis is made up of Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby; Keri Povall and Ron Uken. The group developed out of a shared passion for Irish traditional music. They play traditional Irish tunes with some Scottish and Breton pieces, typified by a combination of reels, jigs and hornpipes, a music form that can be traced back to the seventeenth century. As well as traditional standards, Celtis perform more contemporary arrangements by bands such as Flook, Altan and Capercaillie and a number of their own compositions.

Ant plays violin and was a member of Landscape Prayers for nine years releasing four acclaimed albums. Since 2003, he has freelanced, working with a number of different projects and artists. Notably World in a Guitar, Butter with Roly Struckmeyer, Quark with Fiona Tozer as well as featuring in the 2005 Durban International Blues Festival. Ant has worked as concert master for the Durban City Orchestra and has performed with the KZNPO.

Keri Povall plays flute and whistle and sings in the celtic tradition. She has a classical flute performance degree and has worked extensively as an extra player with the KZNPO. She has performed in Opera Africa, and in Howard College and Tatham Art Gallery Ensemble Lunch Hour Concerts.

Ron Uken who works at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a lecturer in geology plays guitar and bodhran, an Irish frame drum. Celtis has performed at folk clubs in Pietermaritzburg, Durban and Johannesburg, and music venues around Durban and at the Emoyeni, uMthombe Kei, Splashy Fen and Southern Cross music festivals.

Tickets R50 booked on 032 9642300.




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